In the summer everyone has to have a way to cool down. Ice cream, slushies, snow cones, sundaes, fresh squeezed lemonade, or maybe even a sweet iced tea are all delicious ways. The trouble is, they aren't necessarily good for the waistline. There is either too much fat or too much sugar. We need a way to cool down and stay cooled down. A recipe that is so good you will forego all the above mentioned treats.
In walks Giada's Simple Sorbetto, and it couldn't be simpler. A frozen bag of mixed berries, 1/4 cup maple syrup, and a pinch of salt. Be sure to use true maple syrup, none of the corn syrup stuff. Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that contains minerals and antioxidants such as calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese and it doesn't spike your blood sugar as fast as regular old-fashioned sugar does.
A quick whirl in the blender and you are ready to enjoy! This is a healthier way to enjoy a cool treat in the summer. The best part is you can make lots of different versions. This time around I followed the directions and used a bag of frozen mixed berries, but I think I'd love a mango version (maybe with honey instead of maple syrup) and I'd also love to try a cherry version. I'd also like to experiment with adding a touch of Greek yogurt to the mix, just to add in some protein and creaminess.
This is a definite make again!
Adapted from Eat Better, Feel Better
by Giada De Laurentiis
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen mixed berries
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vodka (optional)
Combine the berries, maple syrup, salt, and vodka (if using), in a blender. Pulse the mixture to create a coarse puree. Scrape down the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula. Continue to pulse, scraping down the sides as needed, until smooth and scoopable.
Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to a week.